Some say laughter is the best medicine, but travel cuts a close second. A well-timed trip can provide perspective, improve relationships or inject a bit of excitement into routine. This year, why not give the gift of travel for a Mother’s Day gift to remember? If your mom already has a destination in mind, go for it – it’s her day! Otherwise, consider these destinations around the world for an excursion you and your mother will be able to talk about for years to come.
Head To These 7 World Destinations For A Special Mother's Day Trip
Before the narrow streets of Florence are flooded with tourists in July, book a Mother’s Day trip for you and your mom in May. The city is pretty navigable and tourist friendly, completely manageable for two women who want to wander the sights. There’s no end to awe-inspiring art and architecture within the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region. But you’ll definitely want to stop by the iconic cathedral Duomo; Michelangelo’s “David” structure in the Galleria dell’Accademia; and Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” at the Uffizi Gallery. Then, chat over the day’s finds over wine and pizza in the evenings. The city’s delicious food, breathtaking masterpieces and impossibly friendly people of Florence.
2. African Safari
Hungry for adventure? Thrive in the great outdoors? Sounds like it’s time for an African safari. Travel to East Africa for a journey of discovery. See animals including elephants, zebras, wildebeests and giraffes in the Kenyan wilderness. Explore Tanzania, voted the best place for a safari. See the majestic Victoria Falls of Zimbabwe, or take an eco-friendly tour in Botswana. Best of all, whether you’re looking for a photo tour or a camping experience, comfort is always an option. The abundance of luxury tour options means you and your mother don’t have to rough it in the wild. After a day out on the African continent, enjoy an evening of spa treatments or fine dining at a cushy lodge.
Mother’s who appreciate good weather, food and wine will ultimately enjoy those aspects of Greece. Neither too hot nor too cold, Greece has consistently pleasant climate that allows visitors to experience a wide range of activities across the land. Its diversity of landscapes includes countless beautiful islands, pristine beaches, great forests and even spectacular cities. With so much to do, it’s best to keep a hearty appetite. You and your mother will have no problem doing so, sampling the fresh, hearty Mediterranean fare perfected over generations by Greek families.
If you’ve never taken an overseas trip with just your mother, there may be some concerns regarding safety, navigation and communication, to name a few. New Zealand is a top choice destination for worriers, though it does hold its own as one of the world’s greatest tourist spots. The scenery is breathtaking, with diverse environments including beaches to rainforests to glaciers to volcanoes. In addition, the people are impossibly friendly and particularly welcoming to tourists. If ever in need of directions or advice, the locals can be your guides. The country also has a comparatively low crime rate, so safety shouldn’t be much of an issue either.
Machu Picchu starts getting busy in July and August, so a trip in May will help you avoid the heaviest crowds as well as the rainy season. Mothers who love mystery will appreciate the ancient ruins’ appeal. This Incan citadel, located high up the Andes Mountains in Peru, is known as a symbol of wonder and beauty. While its exact former use is unknown, the ruins and the adjoining forest comprise a “historical sanctuary” of more than 116 square miles. Give your mother the give of awe this year – the panoramic views are sure to stir up a sense of wonder.
6. Hong Kong
If you’ve ever wanted to hear your mom exclaim “Groovy!” or some other word of wonder, Hong Kong might be your best bet. Starting from the skyscrapers that fence the horizon to the dazzling light show at Victoria Harbor, the city is all about the big and bold. The Mongkok neighborhood’s affordable prices might elicit a contented sigh, while Hong Kong’s designer shopping district may evoke a gasp or two. The city’s trends could end up being a hit or miss, but the range of cuisine is sure to score a ten out of ten.
7. Kyoto, Japan
Peace and quiet is on the itinerary for this Mother’s Day, if you decide on a trip to Kyoto. In contrast to the loud brightness of Tokyo, Japan’s second city is all about elegance and warmth. As the heart of Japanese culture, the city retains much of its rich history and legacy. Temples and shrines are abundant in Kyoto, as well as unique shopping markets, teahouses, culinary art and gorgeous outdoor spaces. For a calming trip with undertones of excitement, head for Kyoto, where unfamiliar sights and sounds will add a bit of spice to a R&R vacation.
This article was written by Hanna Choi.